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Top (Nine) Book Nerd Characters


It's Tuesday (or very nearly), which can mean only one thing: another edition of Top Ten Tuesday is going live on Dreaming Under the Same Moon. I've realized the past several weeks, I'm "bended" the "rule of ten." My number has been coming in at just over or under "ten." This week is much the same. Coming up with ten bookish characters shouldn't have been as difficult as it seemed to be. Sure, the obvious came to me without hesitation, but the others, I did have to think about.

Still, any chance to feature some fellow book nerds from literature, I'll take. Let's have a look at said book nerds.

Broke and Bookish July 28 Topic

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds
(love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)

 
Anne Shirley
 
The Book: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery  
 
Anne spelled with an 'e' is one of those iconic characters. Most of us probably grew up either reading or watching the television movies - or perhaps both, and in some ways, we may have wanted to be like Anne. Fearless, passionate and unafraid to go after her dreams... even if they were sometimes over-the-top dramatic.
 
 
Belle
 
Belle is best known from the classic animated Disney film, Beauty and the Beat, where we all know she's quite a book nerd. Now, she's also been brought to life in ABC's, Once Upon a Time. There she is still a bookish sort and if I'm not mistaken, she even works or did work at the library.
 
Rick Castle
 
The Book: Heat Wave, by Rick Castle 
 
Castle is a fictional character on the television show (of the same name), who writes crime novels. The show and character are so popular that his stories are actually published under the name "Rick Castle." The character and show are both a fun time, so if you've not seen it, check it out!
 
Have any of you read the books?

 
Catherine Morland
 
The Book: Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen 
 
Any Austen heroine would probably fit into today's topic - everyone from Lizzie Bennet to Fanny Price, but Catherine seems to be forgotten more often than not. Why, I do not know. But I love her overactive imagination and Felicity Jones portrayal of her in the most recent adaptation.
 
Jane Hayes
 
The Book: Austenland, by Shannon Hale 
 
Ah, Jane! Who doesn't enjoy this heroine? She's such a fun girl to hang out with. It's nice that she finally gets a handle on her, ahem, obsession with all things Austen, but I suspect we can relate.
 
Josephine March
 
The Book: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 
 
Jo March. Another iconic character we likely grew up admiring. Her spunk and ability to know what she wants is certainly admirable. Occasionally, we do get mad when she doesn't take more care with some of her dealings with either friends or sisters, but still... we love her.

 
Joe and Mona
 
The Book: Happily Ever After, by Susan May Warren 
 
Joe is a writer incognito and Mona owns a bookstore. Perfect couple, yes?!
 
Kate Walker

The Book: From the Start, by Melissa Tagg
 
Kate is a screenplay writer and all-around awesome.
 
Paige and Max
 
The Book: The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord 
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These two characters are among some of my most favorites in YA books. They're not "nerdy" in the traditional sense, but they are just the same. I mean, the book starts with Paige browsing in a bookstore.

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That's my list of book nerd characters. Who would make YOUR list?

Comment below with any thoughts you have and leave your links. I wanna' visit.

Happy Tuesday, fellow book nerds.

44 comments

  1. I had more trouble making this list than I thought I would. You guys were lucky only having to come up with three each. Our lists only have two in common.
    http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/ttt-literary-characters-who-love-books.html

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    1. I had quite a lot of fun making this one, Anne, and to be honest, thought of some characters later I'd have loved to include... and didn't. Ah, well. That's always how it is. :)

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  2. What a fun list and great bookish characters! I especially love that you picked Catherine from Northanger Abbey what with our recent Twitter convos :)

    I'd add a couple to this list. First, Autumn Kingsley from Melissa Tagg's "Here to Stay". I remember she loves books and bookstores. I seem to recall something about moving a bookshelf that was comical?

    Second, Sam from Katherine Reay's "Dear Mr. Knightley" had a healthy obsession with books. And oh, the book references in that one! I need to reread it soon.

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    1. Yes! Catherine fits in perfectly with our convos. Oh, and is another reminder I *need* to watch that movie again. :)

      You might be right. Is it awful that I cannot remember for 100% certain!? This will require a re-read. I did remember Kate (blame it on Kate's story being my more recent Melissa Tagg read), since she's a screenwriter, and writer's fit. :)

      As for Sam... yes! How could I forget her!? See, I just *knew* I'd miss some important characters! Thanks for the reminders, Courtney - and for visiting. :)

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  3. I'm glad to see Catherine Morland getting some attention!

    Check out my TTT and The 80's Tag!

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    1. As am I, Lauren. She's often a "forgotten" Austen heroine.

      Thanks so much for visiting; off to visit your Top Ten Tuesday fun. :)

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  4. Yay! I also have Catherine Morland on my list too. Great list!

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    1. Thanks for reading! I had lots of fun with this list - and am glad to know Catherine made yours too. Off to read your list. :)

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  5. I love seeing Castle on your list! Yes! :-D

    My List!

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    1. Thanks! He technically isn't a "book character," but what can I say? He's too cool to leave off this list. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting - off to read your Top Ten Tuesday list.

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  6. I love that you included Catherine Morland and Jane Hayes. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. Both of them are awesome characters... and in some ways, quite similar. Plus, the women who portrayed them in their respective films both had JJ Field as a co-star. :)

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  7. Anne of Green Gables!!!!! I was just talking about the movies with a good friend of mine. =) Awesome list Rissi!

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    1. Anne is a must on this list, in my opinion. She's the epitome of a bookish character, and aside from that, I pretty much grew up on these movies. They were and still are, amazing. Thanks so much for reading, Kara. :)

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  8. Nice choices...my TTT: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-ten-tuesday-july-28-2015.html

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  9. Anne made my list as well. So did Jo March. I forgot about Joe & Mona, I totally forgot about Kate Walker! Can't believe I missed them. I talked about Belle in my TTT, but I went with Robin McKinley's Beauty instead.

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    1. Yay for shared favorites... and seeing some faces you forgot. That's what's fun about visiting others Top Ten Tuesdays (or I think so). Just seeing who everyone else picked/thought about. Putting Beauty on your list was probably the better bet since she is actually in a book, but I've not read that one yet. I hear it's really good though! :)

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    2. You should read it. It's fabulous. One of my favorite fairy tale retellings.

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    3. Thanks, Dawn! I will have to make reading it a must, then. :)

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  10. Jane Hayes is a great choice! I love that you included Belle, and Catherine Morland is definitely underrated. Great list!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. Belle may not originate from a book - or does she? - but either way, adding her was pretty much an "automatic" pick. And yes, Catherine is underrated. Glad to see her on lots of lists today. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  11. Great list Rissi!
    Nerdy characters are the best:)

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    1. Hi, Ella. Thanks. Yes, they are. Makes them all the more relatable! :)

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  12. Great list! Yay for Catherine Morland; she made my list this week (and was definitely one of the first characters that came to mind when I was first putting my list together) :)

    My TTT

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    1. Awesome! It's great to see her getting more recognition. Loved the movie with JJ Field, and her character is such an imaginative person to hang out with. Now, if only I'd finish the book. ;)

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Lianne. Off to read your list!

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  13. Ooo, love this list of book nerd characters! How fun! Especially love your inclusions of Anne, Belle, Castle, and Jo. And I think I HAVE to read 'From the Start' and 'The Start of Me and You.' They sound so good! Thanks for sharing this super fun TTT, Rissi. :D

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    1. Hi, Bekah. Thanks. I must admit to agreeing... these characters are amazing! Anne, Belle, Castle and Jo, I mean, really, are their any more appropriately bookish characters!? :) You will have to read From the Start. It's darling. (As usual for Melissa Tagg.) Thank YOU for stopping by. Always nice to see you over here. :)

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  14. GREAT list!!! I love seeing all of the nerdy characters today. :)

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    1. As do I, Lisa. These are characters we 100% relate to, right?! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  15. I need to watch Castle....
    I don't know how I could of forgotten Belle! She was my favorite as a kid.;)

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    1. You do indeed, Amanda. It's a really fun show! :)

      Belle has to be "every" book nerds favorite Disney heroine, right!? I mean, she's such a bookworm!

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  16. LOVE this list and how you put it together!! But you left out Castle's Kate ;)

    https://readingismysuperpower.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/top-ten-tuesday-ten-characters-who-are-fellow-book-nerds/

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    1. Well, Castle's the writer. Kate, the detective. Now, if only there were a law enforcement topic... ! :) I do love Kate, though. And thank you for the compliment, Carrie.

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  17. I may have remembered Courtney Diamond, but how did I forget Anne of Green Gables? Clearly we BOTH had trouble with this list! Haha. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. Perhaps we did, Emily! But then, it wouldn't be a Top Ten Tuesday if we didn't forget someone, right!? :) My pleasure. Thanks for returning the favor.

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  18. You have so many choices I wish I'd thought of for my list. Anne Shirely! Belle! Catherine Morland! I'm seriously kicking myself right now.

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    1. I missed some I'd have liked to include, too, Alison. It happens... and probably wouldn't be a Top Ten Tuesday meme if we didn't forget some characters! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  19. I love that Belle from Once Upon A Time was on the list too - both Belles are great!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. That they are, Missie. It's fun to see our favorite Disney characters in live-action form, too. :)

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  20. This is SUCH a hard list to make, no? The only one I've read from your list is Jo actually! (Surprisingly, because usually classics and I don't happen hah.) I do know Belle though, only the Disney one :) Great list!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Classics and I don't happen either, Shannon. I tried Austen and Count of Monte Cristo, but the language is SO different from that of today's literature, I just couldn't connect. That being said, I do love Movie Jo, so I figure I know her well enough. And Little Women is a book I'm sure I could read, just need to pick it up. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  21. This is such a great list! I love book nerds as characters. So many of my favorites are in classics. You have a couple here that I am not yet familiar with, so I will check those out.

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    1. Finding new book nerd characters is the best, right? :) Hope you enjoy meeting those you aren't familiar with, Suzi. Thanks for the comment/visit.

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